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Ten Charged with Vote Fraud in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County prosecutors have charged ten people with voter fraud in the 2012 election, including two “double voters” and two felons who were ineligible to vote.

The indictments show that Milwaukee law enforcement is taking seriously the systemic problem of voter fraud in the city. In 2008, an investigative unit of the Milwaukee Police Department issued a 67-page report on what it called an “illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome of [the 2004] election in the state of Wisconsin.” John Kerry won the state by less than 12,000 votes in the presidential race that year. The police report found that between 4,600 and 5,300 more votes were counted in Milwaukee than the number of voters recorded as having cast ballots. Absentee ballots were cast by people living elsewhere; ineligible felons not only voted but worked at the polls; transient college students cast improper votes; and homeless voters possibly voted more than once.

The prosecutions announced in Milwaukee yesterday follow that pattern:

‐Leonard K. Brown is charged with falsely claiming he lived in Milwaukee and voting illegally four times there in 2012 alone.

‐Chad Gigowski is charged with voting in the November election in both suburban Greenfield and in Milwaukee.

‐Brittany M. Rainey was charged with lying about her past as a felon to vote in last November’s elections.

‐Caitlan Haycock was charged for signing her name and both her parents’ names to a petition to recall Governor Scott Walker from office.

‐Fozia Nawaz of Milwaukee was charged with voting in Greenfield. She told investigators she found it easier to vote there.

Milwaukee’s photo-ID law, which was passed in 2012, has been tied up in courts. One judge in Madison, Wis., found that the law placed an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote and another Madison judge found that the legislature lacked the power to impose a photo-ID requirement on voters. Both cases are likely to be heard by the state supreme court later this year.

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